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Nursing professor named recipient of Knox Award

Joan Fopma-Loy (nursing) was awarded the E. Phillips Knox Teaching Award at fall commencement Dec. 15.

The $3,000 award was established by E. Phillips Knox ’68 to recognize creative, innovative and engaging teaching methods at the undergraduate level. Fopma-Loy was selected for the award by the committee on the enhancement of learning and teaching.

Fopma-Loy has developed an intergenerational service-learning project and used cooperative learning strategies, simulations and team projects to achieve her goal of developing students’ skills in critical reflection, collaboration and autonomous decision making.

Student evaluations praise the challenges presented in her classes. "I have learned more about myself and my personal ability in this class than I have in any other," wrote one student, adding, "I am very thankful to have experienced so much stress, because I would not have understood how to think independently if I had not been given the opportunity."

"The main thing I have learned is not to focus on finding the right/correct answer, but to question and not assume," wrote another.

Fopma-Loy joined the faculty in 1996.

Date Published: 01/11/2001
Volume: 20   Number: 20


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